and finds paper, pen, envelope and stamp and send stuff to nasa for an application immediately. this is a woman who is dead set on being an academic. she totally knew what she was going to do the rest of her life. she painted, turns on a dime. it totally changed her life. in 25,000 people also sent in for that particular application. a little over 8000 actually applied. of them, 1500 were women. sally was chosen a year later along with 34 other people. they were the first class of astronaut chosen just for the space shuttle program. and what was so unusual about it, as i said is for the worst time, nasa was not only willing to allow women and minorities into the program, but they actually reached out for them. in the beginning, and the space program was about men.